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New York and New Jersey to test MasterCard payment

Thursday 6 March 2008

The objective of the test is to determine if customers could use these devices to pay fares on all of the region's transit systems, including New York City's subways and buses.

As the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) celebrates its 100th anniversary, the test will take place in all 13 PATH  train stations and on two connecting NJ Transit bus routes. The pilot will be compatible with the MTA's current test of contactless bank cards in the New York City subway system. Banking card contactless payment will be reserved to MasterCard PayPass cardholders during the first two months of the test and will be open to other bank-issued contactless card customers for the remaining time of the test period. The PATH already issues its own contactless card, the Mifare-based SmartLink card.

The pilot will start in early 2009, after the development and tests by MasterCard. MasterCard was selected through a publicly advertised solicitation process. Its proposal was the highest rated and lowest cost.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region, including airports (JFK,…), airport links, bus stations, road tunnels and bridges, mass transit systems (PATH), heliport, marine port, container terminal, and bus terminal. NJ Transit is US largest state-wide transportation system providing bus, rail and light-rail services within the State of New Jersey as well as links to both New York City and Philadelphia.